Investor VCs and Operator VCs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The Venture Capital business is full of great firms that were founded by entrepreneurs/operators who became investors mid/late career. You build domain expertise, operating experience, and relationships/networks that help you win deals and help entrepreneurs by doing it this way. I think there are a bunch of reasons why many of the best VCs, at least of my generation, were not entrepreneurs and operators before becoming VCs. ” Operators work on one thing all the time.

An Operating System for Your Mobile Supercomputer

Peter Levine

Yet-to-be-developed applications are waiting to take advantage of this processing capability, and it’s going to require mobile operating system innovation to expose this awesome power. An operating system is one of the most fundamental and important pieces of software. Great operating systems leverage new hardware, provide a consistent way to run applications, and provide a foundation for all interaction with a computing system.

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Q1 2017 Round-up: Portfolio News and Activities

Version One Ventures

Q1 was a busy time for our firm and portfolio companies, and here’s a brief recap of some of the various news clippings, fundraising announcements, and other happenings across the V1 community. The V1 portfolio was well represented in Techvibes’ recent Canadian Startup Awards. Portfolio companies in the news. The post Q1 2017 Round-up: Portfolio News and Activities appeared first on Version One. Another quarter has flown by and we’re quickly moving into spring.

Portfolio Management

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

In considering the issue of valuation generally, one should understand the environment in which a manager of a venture pool operates; he is investing not in one but in a number of opportunities. One of the foundations of modern portfolio theory is the concept that the return on an asset cannot be viewed by itself; rather it must be judged by its contribution to the portfolio as a whole.

How to be your VC’s favorite portfolio company

The Next Web

But good portfolio companies should get more, because VCs have a lot more to give – especially to companies that deserve it. VCs are well connected and have a lot of visibility into other startups and how they operate, and as a result, should have introductions to make and advice to give.

Introducing Gotham Voices: An Email Newsletter for NY Tech

View from Seed

Independently, one of the things I’ve noticed about social media tech conversations is that they tend to be overly centered on founders and operators from Silicon Valley. Blog Portfolio ResourcesTL;DR: We’re launching a newsletter highlighting the best content from the NYC tech community. Fill out the form below to get Gotham Voices in your inbox each week, and read on to learn why we’re excited to launch this today. Subscribe to Gotham Voices. indicates required.

What type of market are you operating in?

Version One Ventures

Think Mailchimp , Dropbox , Hightail or Unbounce for horizontal solutions or Clio , Jobber or Frontdesk for vertical products (disclosure some of those are portfolio companies). The post What type of market are you operating in? When we look at investment opportunities, we need to consider the type of market that the potential investment is in. How much room is there for a market leader or leaders? Is it winner-takes-it-all or winner-takes-almost-all?

Washington, DC May 24: HBS Angels/VCs and Creating Portfolio Company Value

David Teten

As I’ve previously blogged , I will soon publish the first formal study of best practices of VCs in improving portfolio company value. The objective of the research is to define a blueprint for how investors can help portfolio companies succeed through operational (non-financial) support, including but not limited to facilitating shared services, recruiting, knowledge sharing, and enhancing management skills.

Bringing Transparency to Startup Data: Our Data Repository Project

Version One Ventures

Others are looking for baseline information on operational expenses (i.e. Mission : To provide answers to those questions that founders/operators frequently ask their investors and peers, and to replace anecdotes with data-supported answers. 2: Privately held operational.

Do VC’s with “Operating Experience” Add More Value

Rob Go

In a prior post about what it’s like to be a VC I made the claim that even if an investor has operating experience, that experience gets stale after a few years. This led to the following question in my comments: “You mention that operational skills begin to decline 2 years into the job. If this is true, then it follows that VC GPs can only add limited operational value.” So, why are non-operators well equipped to help?

Values Build Startup Culture: A Founder’s Take on Getting Started

View from Seed

Our operations manager Rob notes that he wouldn’t have been able to get a pup without this flexibility. Portfolio This is a guest post from Ben Rubin , co-founder and CEO of Change Collective , which offers courses for behavior change with world-class experts.

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First Round Capital is Hiring: Platform Experience and Operations Manager

Redeye VC

We're creating a new role at First Round, a Platform Experience and Operations Manager , to help us take these events to the next level, continue to innovate and create experiences we haven't even thought of yet – and build systems and process to allow our entire Platform team to scale.

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The Making of Lytro

K9 Ventures

The first few years of Refocus were spent operating as a very lean company with a team of four ( Ren Ng , Colvin Pitts , Tim Knight and Alex Fishman ) focused primarily on research and development and on learning about the market.

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Unpacking the Grocery Stack

Jeff Jordan

Offers potentially superior operations – Instacart’s model is much more simple operationally; an order on Instacart results in a shopper going to the grocery store you selected, picking the items on your list, and delivering them immediately to your door. Photo: Getjustin.

Boston Mobile Madness

Early Stage Adventures

To get a snapshot of the Boston startup ecosystem, I segmented angel/venture funded mobile startups into five areas – applications, marketing, commerce/payments, enterprise & infrastructure software/tools, and mobile operator technology. Mobile operator technology. Movik Networks (Lyra Networks) platform to improve radio network utilization for mobile operators. MobileAware provides mobile commerce and self care functionality to operators.

Measuring Incrementality: Controlled Experiments to the Rescue!

Occam's Razor

Smart Marketers work hard to ensure that their digital marketing and advertising efforts are focused on the most impactful portfolio of channels. The company truly has a portfolio strategy when it comes to marketing.

Pasadena Angels Invest Over $4M in 2014

Ask the Angels

This year’s investment portfolio included investments in ZevTechnolgy, StreamUp, Cross Campus, Schelp & Fetch, Fanbread, Edufi, Repurpose, MetaMason, iPourit, and Neural Analytics. Pasadena Angels for the 3rd consecutive year invested over $4 million in an array of exciting start-up companies. Pasadena, Calif.

How Etsy Uses Code “Slush” to Manage Development During the Holidays

Code as Craft

Stanek works with a portfolio of top Etsy sellers to advise and support their business growth. Code freezes help to ensure that the system will continue to operate without disruptions,” says Robert Tekiela at CTO Insights. operations philosophy culture holidays safety slush

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DataGravity: Transforming today’s dumb storage into tomorrow’s information

Peter Levine

John was also an early member of the EqualLogic team and brings great talent in sales, marketing and operations. The DataGravity team will take what is considered an idle operating expense and convert it to near instant business value. Andreessen Horowitz Portfolio Companies EqualLogic John Joseph Paula Long StorageDataGravity is poised to transform the storage landscape.

E-commerce 2.0

Jeff Jordan

These physical retailers have very high operating leverage and their P&L’s cannot withstand shrinking revenue. One of the leaders in this is Fab.com , one of our portfolio companies. And they’ve rapidly developed operational capabilities that have enabled their hyper-growth. Andreessen Horowitz E-commerce Portfolio CompaniesWe at a16z could not possibly be more bullish on the prospects for e-commerce, and we believe growth is poised to accelerate.

Cloud-client computing and the evolution of the mobile app

Peter Levine

All computing was done centrally by the mainframe with the terminal merely displaying the resulting operations. Processing is centralized in the cloud datacenter and endpoints simply display the resulting operations, albeit in a more colorful way than their simple terminal predecessors. Teams can share code across Web and mobile front ends, build super slick apps with a single code base across Android and iOS, and utilize a framework for integrating front-end and cloud operations.

Looking for Finance & Operations Manager at ReverbNation

Southeast VC

Here is a great opportunity in a fast growing company in our portfolio. ReverbNation is looking for a finance & operations manager. That person will report to Chris Smith, their CFO and be responsible for business processes and analyses in the areas of finance, accounting, operations, HR, legal and customer support. The role is part financial/business analyst, part operations manager and part bookkeeper/controller.

Big Data On Demand

Peter Levine

A while back I wrote a blog post suggesting that datacenter infrastructure would move from an on-premise operation to the cloud. Andreessen Horowitz Portfolio Companies big data Cazena cloud data center founders SaaS It may have seemed counter-intuitive that the infrastructure itself would become available from the cloud, but that’s exactly what’s happening.

The European Startup Market

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Currently 22% of our active portfolio is in Europe. While we don’t have an office in Europe we do have fourteen portfolio companies and every USV partner has at least two European portfolio companies. Most of these VCs got their start in older legacy VC firms and they are now opening up shop on their own and operating in a more entrepreneurial “silicon valley” style. At USV, we’ve been investing in European startups since 2008.

VMware Buys Nicira for $1.26B

Ben's Blog

As a result, they never develop a clear picture of the real operational challenges of running a network. Portfolio CompaniesI got that kinda. wait-wait fixate. Which b h you know made a million off a mixtape? Nicki Minaj, Up All Night. Six months ago, I wrote a blog post called “The Future of Networking” about Nicira Inc. , a company that I said would turn the data networking market upside down.

Hailo and MyTaxi

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The news broke this morning that our portfolio company Hailo is combining forces with MyTaxi. The combined company, which will operate under the MyTaxi brand, will be the dominant taxi hailing app in Western Europe. MyTaxi operates in Germany, Australia, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. Andrew Pinnington, the current CEO of Hailo, will become the CEO of MyTaxi and the company will consolidate its operations in Hamburg Germany.

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What Boston’s Top Consumer Tech Leaders Think About Boston’s Consumer Tech Struggles [#BostonB2C Recap]

View from Seed

Still others point to the collective sensibility and logic of New Englanders as an operating philosophy. Half our portfolio is consumer. Co-founder and COO Paul Liberman helped the audience look under the hood in how they operate with such a data-obsessed tilt: . Experts Portfolio boston tech consumer VCOn Tuesday, July 21, we hosted the first-ever Boston Consumer Tech Summit.

PA Portfolio Company ShipHawk Scores $5M For Shipping Marketplace

Ask the Angels

Blog Company Creation/Operation Fundraising General News Product/Technology Angel Investing Board of Directors DN Capital Jeremy Bodenhamer Karlin Ventures Pasadena Angels Rothenberg Ventures SocalTECH.com Startup Companies Startups Wavemaker Partners Socaltech reports that Santa Barbara-based ShipHawk , the online developer of technology for helping connect users with shipping companies, has raised $5M in a funding round, the company said this morning.

How to Start a Movement

Ben's Blog

After recovering from the operation, Jim had a defining revelation. Portfolio CompaniesUnderstand this before you make a comment. Because there’s always a meaning in a Heavy D statement. In this life I strive for improvement. Be your own guide follow your own movement. Heavy D, We Got Our Own Thang. A few months ago, my friend Joe Green sent me a video titled, “ The Internet is My Religion ”: In it, Jim Gilliam gives us a short tour of his life’s story.

Revolution at the Edge

Ben's Blog

Back in the mid-1990s, in order to escape the horrors of every employee having their own kind of computer complete with different hardware, operating systems and software, IT standardized on the Windows PC leading to a Wintel duopoly. In the Andreessen Horowitz portfolio, no companies deploy applications on premise, every employee has a mobile device and all deploy modern social software. HIstory Portfolio Companies

Pasadena Angels Portfolio Company Wasatch Microfluidics Completes Capital Raise

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Biotechnology Blog Company Creation/Operation Finance & Accounting General Healthcare Services Intellectual Property Product/Technology $2 Million Round Will Power Continued Growth. Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) June 30, 2014 – The Pasadena Angels and Wasatch Microfluidics today announced that Wasatch had closed a $2 million funding round from existing investors and Kirk Ririe, founder of BioFire Diagnostics. The funding will be used to expand sales and marketing activity.

How VCs Deploy Operating Talent To Build Better Startups

David Teten

Drew Hansen just posted a very interesting piece on Forbes on, “ How VCs Deploy Operating Talent To Build Better Startups ”. Here’s more detail from our research: Portfolio Acceleration Recruiting Venture Capital

How Etsy Uses Code “Slush” to Manage Development During the Holidays

Code as Craft

Stanek works with a portfolio of top Etsy sellers to advise and support their business growth. Code freezes help to ensure that the system will continue to operate without disruptions,” says Robert Tekiela at CTO Insights. operations philosophy culture holidays safety slush

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Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

Both Sides of the Table

Each VC has their own take on which services to provide and mostly they’re free but some smaller VCs charge portfolio companies for use of these services but usually at a cheap cost. As many of us are ex operators I think it intellectually suited us. Internal Operations.

Who’s on call?

John O'Farrell

A small team in our 24/7 Network Operations Center (NOC) would watch for critical monitoring system alerts on big screens and then page the administrator on duty, no matter what time of the day or night. Alan Bradley: [holds up his pager] I was paged last night.

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Profits vs Growth

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

A few months ago, I blogged about a formula I came across at a board meeting a while back that says your year over year growth rate plus your pre-tax operating margins need to be at least forty percent. Meaning you can grow at 100% per year and have operating margins of -60%. Or you can have flat growth and have 40% operating margins. Or you can grow at 20% per year and have 20% operating margins.

Ethos: What 'Blank Canvas' Means to NextView ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

As many of you may know, we have a section on the NextView website called “Ethos” where we describe five key principles to how we operate. I wouldn’t say we’re radically reinventing venture capital and there are many firms we respect who have been innovating recently in connecting a portfolio of startups into a network , taking a different approach to how to staff a VC firm , and even the pace of VC investing. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC.

Meet Our Newest Portfolio Company, Airbnb

Jeff Jordan

And they have been ably managing the operations amidst simply explosive growth. Andreessen Horowitz Portfolio CompaniesTalk about a business with humble roots. Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia met at the Rhode Island School of Design and became roommates in San Francisco in 2007. A prominent design conference was coming to town and the nearby hotels were sold out.

A recap of Q4: Great momentum for 2017

Version One Ventures

While we’re ready to look ahead and embrace 2017, here’s a quick recap of the major activity across our portfolio last quarter. Portfolio companies in the news. Top Hat added Nick Stein as its first CMO , while Outreach had three high-profile hirings : former LinkedIn exec Sarah Imbach joined the board of directors; former T-Mobile VP Matt Millen joined as Senior VP of Revenue Operations, and former Salesforce exec Katie Doyle was hired as VP of Marketing. Welcome back!

Bootstrapping

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Behance isn't the only recent USV portfolio company to bootstrap its way into our portfolio. Dwolla launched in the 2010 and operated in bootstrap mode for eighteen months before we invested earlier this year. Three of the six portfolio companies in our new fund, raised late last year, were bootstrapped for an average of 3 1/2 years before we invested.